European Parliament rejects Popular Unity MP’s attempt to block Fraport deal

The European Parliament overwhelmingly rejected on Thursday an amendment tabled by Popular Unity MEP Nikos Chountis to annul, the sale of 14 Greek regional airports to Fraport.

In the amendment, Chountis criticized the terms of the awarded concession agreement.

“The ratification of the agreement on the 14 airports between Greece and Fraport, was a condition for [the completion] of the third financial adjustment program (…) and the result of political pressures contrary to the public interest and the interests of the employees.”

The amendment was rejected with 417 votes, versus 120 in favour of the motion and 14 abstentions.

Fraport and Greek energy firm Copelouzos were selected as the preferred bidders at the end of 2014 to operate 14 regional airports in tourist destinations.